Surfing the Quantum World, Hardback Book


The ideas and phenomena of the quantum world are strikingly unlike those encountered in our visual world.

Surfing the Quantum World shows why and how this is so.

It does this via a historical review and a gentle introduction to the fundamental principles of quantum theory, whose core concepts and symbolic representations are used to explain not only "ordinary" microscopic phenomena like the properties of the hydrogen atom and the structure of the PeriodicTable of the Elements, but also a variety of mind-bending phenomena.

Readers will learn that particles such as electrons and photons can behave like waves, allowing them to be in two places simultaneously, why white dwarf and neutron stars are gigantic quantum objects, how the maximum height of mountains has aquantum basis, and why quantum objects can tunnel through seemingly impenetrable barriers.

Included among the various interpretational issues addressed is whether Schroedinger's cat is ever both dead and alive.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages, 47 line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: States of matter
  • ISBN: 9780198808275



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